Wabag

Enga farewells late police officer

The late Inspector Steven Pakunara, who originated from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, served the people of Enga for over 34 years until his passing.

Provincial Police Commander, Senior Inspector Epenes Nili, described the late Pakunara as a man of discipline and maturity.

“Yumi lusim wanpla man lo kamapim na sheipim na mouldim wanpla man lo kamap olsem komishend ofisa,” PPC Nili said.

“Em i save teikim taim na risos na mani lo kamapim kain man olsem Steven Pakunara lo kamap olsem komishend ofisa, em i no wanpla liklik samting.”

Road tragedy claims eight

The fatal accident occurred on November 10th at about 5:30am at Yaibos road Highway 14, along the Okuk Highway in Highlands.

It was alleged that a Kenworth semitrailer, owned by Pebesons Mini Trading Ltd in Southern Highlands Province, was reportedly travelling from Mt. Hagen, WHP, to Porgera loaded with goods for PJV.

Enga provincial police commander, Chief Superintendent Joseph T. Tondop, said the other vehicle, Isuzu dump truck, was travelling from Wabag towards Wapenamanda carrying 11 passengers.

Round three in POM, Highlands and Kokopo

The NCDC Port Moresby Vipers and Snax Lae Tigers clash at 12:30pm will get things underway, being the curtain raiser to the SP Hunters and Souths Logan Magpies match.

Following the Intrust Super Cup fixture, the Kroton Hela Wigmen have a meet with the Chimbu Warriors at 5pm.

It will be the usual 2pm kick-off up in the Highlands with the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis and PRK Mendi Muruks to meet at the National Sports Institute, and the EPG Enga Mioks and Giru Waghi Tumbe encounter at Aipus Oval.

Former leader responds to Wabag MP’s comments

When presenting acquittals for Wabag District for 2015, 2016 and the first half of 2017, current MP Dr Tom said the failure to provide acquittals by his predecessor needed to be rectified, hence time was spent with his administration, sorting out the books.

However, Ganim said Dr Lino’s statement implied that his former administration had never presented any acquittal on the use of district funds between 2015 and 2017.

Wabag opens Legal Year

Residents of Wabag town, the capital of Enga Province, witnessed members of the legal fraternity and law and justice sector usher in the 2018 legal year.

It was also significant as the province welcomed Justice Ravunama Auka following his permanent appointment and swearing in as a judge of the National and Supreme Court for the next 10 years.

He had been presiding in cases at Wabag as an acting judge in the National Court for the past two years.

Transparency and implementation key

He said the decision to join PANGU was made after serious discussion among the former independent bloc members.

It was the rich history of the party as well as its leadership, with Sam Basil, at the helm which eventually won them over.

“With the good history it (PANGU) has, I believe my move to PANGU will be in the best interest of Wabag and for the country as a whole. Because I believe in a leadership that is transparent, and believe in a leadership that implements,” he said.

Normalcy returns to Wabag

Shops, banks and PMV bus services in Wabag town and other districts were open to the public and are operating as normal, while counting resumed on Tuesday under tight police and defence security personnel at Wabag Primary School.

Western End police command, Chief Superintendent Mark Yengen, says more reinforcement will be sent in from Mt Hagen to beef up security operations to ensure peaceful declarations of the seats.

PM O'Neill disgusted by violence in Wabag

O’Neill said this election has been the most peaceful of recent decades and it will not be undermined by a disgruntled few.

"There is no excuse for the behaviour we have seen over the past two days, and those behind it will be brought to justice,” he said.

“Supporters and members of the disciplined forces must exercise restraint, and not be misled by disgruntled individuals.
“Those behind these activities must hang their head in shame.

Gunfight at Wabag town

This followed the attempted murder of Kandep district returning officer Ben Besawe and other officials.

Eyewitnesses and security personnel said Besawe and two other election officials were shot at in front of a guest house at Wabag town. This occurred while they were preparing to make their way to the counting venue at Wabag Primary School.

The incident led to a clash between supporters of two candidates from Kandep who have been at loggerheads over election-related matters.

Digicel Cup to resume tomorrow

First up at 2pm will see the EPG Enga Mioks play host to Waghi Tumbe.

Across to Goroka, the visiting Agmark Rabaul Gurias go up against the Bintangor Goroka Lahanis.

In Lae, the reigning premiers Lae Snax Tigers will do battle with the Kroton Hela Wigmen. This game will be televised live by TVWAN for the first time ever.

Finally down to the nation’s capital, the NCDC Port Moresby Vipers take on PRK Mendi Muruks.

All three matches are scheduled to kick off at 3pm.